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2023 Governor's Conference on Tourism Awards

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have distinguished themselves through their work and contributed to the growth of tourism in Maine.

General Award Categories


Innovation & Creativity

Leadership & Growth

Key Award

Governor's Award for Tourism Excellence

Collaboration Award

This company/organization/community has combined resources with one or more others in a way that expands their reach, elevates their destination, and helps to attract visitors to their area. Initiatives can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Tourism product development

  • Resource stewardship

  • Marketing

  • Public/media relations


This company/organization/person differentiates itself through innovation. Innovation can be manifested in a number of different areas: 

  • Product development

  • Use of new technology

  • Adapting business practices based on travel and tourism trends

  • Creation of innovative collaborations or partnerships




This company/organization/person not only strives to grow its own business, but also works with others within the industry to grow tourism in Maine in a sustainable way. This might be manifested as leadership roles in:

  • Local, regional and statewide tourism initiatives

  • Volunteer work with tourism related organizations

  • Involvement with grassroots efforts

  • Job creation

  • Reinvests through upgrades and expansions

  • Triple bottom line of economy, environment and community




Tourism excellence is a combination of all that epitomizes a true hospitality leader – a business, organization or person with a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and community as well as to the tourism industry in Maine overall. Please provide as much detail as possible in each of those areas.

Nominations for the 2023 Awards are now closed.

Checklist for each award nomination:

(Please be sure your nomination includes each of the items on this checklist.)

Completed nomination form (provided)

A brief narrative (max 400 words) of the company/organization/individual, a description of the products and/or services provided and any other pertinent information that distinguishes the company/organization/individual such as awards, volunteerism, philanthropic work, etc.

At least two (2) letters of support

The following suggestions, none of which are mandatory, may help guide your narrative and nomination information:

  • Prior awards and/or recognition if any

  • Any additional comments that you feel are important in considering this company/organization/person for the award

  • Companies may self-nominate.

  • Remember, in preparing your nomination, that the group reviewing the materials and selecting the recipient may not be familiar with the company/organization/person. Be sure that your nomination "tells the story" of the company/organization/person and select a category that best exemplifies the achievements of the company/organization/person.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, January 9, 2023. 

Awards will be presented at the Conference Awards Luncheon in Bangor on March 28, 2023. The winners will be notified in advance. For more information on the nomination process, contact Jennifer Geiger at 207-592-2236 or

Please note: Persons submitting nominations should limit submissions to one nominee per category. State employees and/or agencies are not eligible for nomination.

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